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Defund factory school system with new blood on county commission

Protesters of the CV-19 state of tyranny are increasingly inclined to view the Hamilton County school system as worthy of actions to defund or delete. (Photo David Tulis)
This report about a school board (Rutherford County) shows how superior and contemptuous elected officials are of the citizenry.

The U.S. is flinging itself into an insolvency that will replicate itself into the records of entities such as Hamilton County, Tenn., with its overcommitment to concrete and tarmac and to its fading socialist institutions led by the “public school.”

By David Tulis / NoogaRadio

Across the U.S. in the minds of taxpayers and parents is the glimmer of an idea — that perhaps peoples in their local counties should once again take charge of their lives, and their counties’ finances and put an end to a long-failed utopian experiment. Perhaps, to save on the burden of school bosses, boards and bond issues, they might consider defunding public schools entirely.

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Deleting them and selling off their capital assets.

The time is ripening for such thoughts to become more regular among more people, as oppressive acts in Hamilton and Rutherford counties strongly suggest.

Even though the Hamilton County Department of Education is a separate legal entity from Hamilton County government, it constitutes a major burden for county taxpayers. 

The factory school cartel has roughly 5,500 employees and keeps in ward 44,000 boys and girls and young men and women. Its total operating budget for fiscal year 2020 was F$508.0 million. Hamilton County provided funding for 51.0%, or F$258.6 million of this operating budget through property taxes, sales taxes, and use of fund balance. 

The state and federal dole — appropriations and grants — provided F$234.4 million; charges for services provided $7.6 million; and investments and miscellaneous items provided $6.3 million, according to the Hamilton County CAFR, or comprehensive annual financial report.

The Hamilton County Department of Education has an independently elected board tasked with operating the K-12 public school system in the County. Hamilton County is a primary funding source for the school system, with over 45 percent of the County property tax levy directed toward the operation of the school system. 

The CAFR intends to excite its readers about taxpayer outlays for infrastructure.

The County also assists the school system through the issuance of debt and general obligation bonds to build, renovate and expand the school facilities. Since the turn of the century, the County has built 21 new schools and expended over $488 million toward modernizing and upgrading the County school buildings and grounds. Most recently, a new East Hamilton Middle School was completed and opened in August 2020. Howard High School’s new stadium and track opened August 2020. The school system recently released its latest capital improvement plan to build a replacement school for Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts (CSLA) at the site of the former Lakesite Elementary School. The new CSLA school is projected to be completed and ready for opening in August 2022.

“Concerned parents are now learning that many large independent school districts have their own police departments, and consider themselves to be virtually sovereign entities unaccountable to the parents and taxpayers who pay their often exorbitant salaries,” says Bill Evans, a commentator known as Truckdriver Theologian who regularly passes through Chattanooga in his “Rolling Monastary” tractor-trailer. 

“Meanwhile, school boards promote mandates, critical race theory, atheism, evolution, anti-family ideas, Marxism and perversion. People of solid moral character and a biblical worldview, simply must run for positions on these school boards, if for no other reason than to be godly troublemakers, with the hope of ultimately returning power to the parents; who hopefully in time will have the good sense to take their children out of these cesspools. This is only one of the many battles we must fight, but face it we must. As go the children, so goes the future of our civilization.”

The violence and contempt of school officials to citizens and taxpayers are recorde aptly in the story of Rutherford County, Tenn., here with Part 2 of the report above.

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